Animal testing is being subject of a warm debate at the EU level, following a public hearing held in the European Parliament on 11 May 2015 with the organisers of the ‘Stop Vivisection’ initiative.
On 6 May 2015, the European Commission published the Communication on a Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe 1), unveiling its detailed plans to create the Digital Single Market, one of the ten priorities of the President-elect, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker.
On 28 May 2015 an agreement was reached on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) after 57 hours of negotiation in 8 rounds of trialogue between the European Commission, European Parliament and Council of the European Union.
DG SANTE published on 2 June 2015 its annual work plan for 2015, which sets out the priorities and actions to be undertaken, including the allocation of resources, to implement the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020).
On 1 July 2015 Luxembourg has taking over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU, the European institution representing the executive governments of the EU Member states.
In January 2015 took off RETRAINER, a project aiming at developing robot-based technologies to speed up the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered a stroke, by facilitating the recovery of arm and hand function. Partially funded by Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation, the project is due to receive 2.8 million euro over 4 years.
The Council held a policy debate on open and excellent science, as a follow up to the Science 2.0 public consultation, carried out by the Commission from July to September 2014 in order to gather the views of stakeholders on the future of science.
Council conclusions on open, data-intensive and networked research as a driver for faster and wider innovation
The Council adopted conclusions on open, data-intensive and networked research as a driver for faster and wider innovation, supporting the establishment of the right framework conditions for research and innovation focused on big data and for strengthening the whole data value chain in Europe. The Conclusions stress the importance of data for digital transformation of industry.
On 20 July 2015, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) launched for public consultation a Draft Guidance document on the re-manufacturing of Single Use Devices (SUDs), aiming at medical devices industry, healthcare establishments and healthcare professionals.
Following the adoption by the Council of the partial general approach on the Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations in June, the Working Party (WP) on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices has started the work to finalise the outstanding technical work concerning the preamble of the two draft regulations (which give important clues for interpretation of the articles in the body of the regulations) and technical inconsistencies.
Relevant Parliamentary Questions (PQs) raised or answered during the month of July focused on eHealth and mHealth.
On 24 July, the Commissioner for Research, Carlos Moedas, presented a poster with a to-do list summing up the top priorities of his five-year term, which had been sent the day before to the civil servants working in his research directorate.
On 28 July the European Commission adopted the annual work programme for the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields, on the basis of scientific excellence.
The European Commission adopted on 3 June 2015 a Communication on the European Citizens' Initiative "Stop Vivisection".
On 19 June 2015, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council adopted a partial general approach –excluding the recitals- on the Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices Regulations.
We have decided to extend the deadline for the mail ballot for new members of the EAMBES council until March 13th. Only representatives of the societies can vote and they have received a ballot two weeks ago. So, if you have not voted yet, please take a moment to do so and if you did, many thanks for participating in this democratic process.
Due to health problems our manager Marijke Lensing-Kooiman was, much to her regret, forced to resign from the position of EAMBES manager. EAMBES found a professional manager in Eve Costa - email@example.com - who is willing to take over EAMBES management for a three month period (Jan-Feb-March). She is a charter accountant and she has been managing many SMES for many years. In March it will be decided how to go forward. She is looking forward to meeting you all during the meetings and Scientific Event on March 16 and 17, 2015 in Brussels.
For the course of 2014, health stakeholders in Brussels feared the impact of the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on health research. MEPs seeking to limit the influence of insurance companies and other major players in data imposed strict conditions on the transfer of health data and its very use. This would also apply to medical researchers all over Europe.
The ICT infrastructures and tools that the Human Brain Project (HBP) is developing will catalyse the way neuroscience research will be done in the near future, concluded an independent panel of 19 experts, mandated by the European Commission, after the first annual review meeting of the Human Brain Project (HBP) in January 2015.